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City Guide: Detroit

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Twelve years ago, my father sold his house in the suburbs and moved to downtown Detroit longing for an urban life again.  He is a New Yorker after all. He was a real pioneer in those days and everyone thought he was crazy. Turns out he was a visionary. 

I recently jetted into Detroit to spend time with my father and was completely energized by the city’s growth, development and good taste. Here is where you need to visit.

Shops to visit

Shinola. Initially known for their bikes and watches, the brand has expanded to smaller and functional items as well. I bought the new power cords, a partnership with GE, which are both chic and functional. I love their notebooks which can be personalized with initials. I went with pale pink with rose gold color initials. Also, they happen to have a great coffee shop.

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Will Leather Goods. Will grew up in Detroit and came back… interesting story. I had some hot pink canvas belts made for my step-kids.

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Linda Dresner‘s shop in Birmingham. A must-visit.

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Linda Dresner Detroit amanda ross arossgirl

Dumouchelles Auction House to see if there are any hidden jewels or Picasso’s!


Phoenicia in Birmingham best Lebanese food.

The new Craft Work restaurant on Agnes Street in Lafayette Village. Louise Chen, the artist who goes by Ouizi, grew up in Detroit, moved back, and is painting walls and did the ceiling of the restaurant. LOVE the food. Ceiling CHIC.

Grey Ghost on Watson across from a new Heidelberg project (pic below.)

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Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD): I bought these ceramic cups by local artist Katherine Whitlock.

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